Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr

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  • Blog Post: Focusing on the printer! Printer Monitoring MP Supplement

    The released version of the printer monitoring MP is available in the MP catalog and is an effective monitoring tool if you want to know about 1.  Printer performance 2.  Print server health 3.  Problems with ANY (key point here) of the printers attached to a Windows 2000, Windows 2003...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr R2 Cumulative Update 2 has released

    The OpsMgr R2 Cumulative Update 2 has released – available at Kevin has a walkthrough of installing it posted at
  • Blog Post: MMS 2010

    it was another amazing MMS! It was great to see everyone and I appreciate all of those that attended my sessions this week. Thanks especially for the feedback! As promised I am including zip files with data from both of my sessions. The first attachment is from my OpsMgr discussion (sorry for the...
  • Blog Post: Presenting at MMS 2010

    MMS 2010 is quickly approaching – if you haven’t registered yet, don’t wait too long!  This year I will be presenting two sessions at MMS SCCM – Configuration Manager and SQL Server Reporting Services – custom Reports ROCK! OpsMgr – Troubleshooting Using the Operations Manager 2007 Resource kit...
  • Blog Post: Update SQL Management Pack posted to catalog!

    If you haven’t seen it, the update SQL Management Pack which resolves issues monitoring clustered SQL servers has posted to the management pack catalog.
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr R2 RTM!

    It’s been a long time coming but OpsMgr R2 has finally released – with general availability shortly.  I spent some time today upgrading my lab environment and the process went smoothly.  As with any upgrade, be sure to review the documentation and make sure any errors being seen are corrected...
  • Blog Post: Backing up Hyper-V Virtual Machines

    Like I'm sure many of you, I have a lab full of virtual machines.  I can't imagine what would happen to my productivity if I had a system crash and all of those virtual systems vanished at the same time.  The answer?  backup those virtual systems.  How is the question.  It would...
  • Blog Post: Presenting at MMS 2009

    Just an FYI that I will be presenting two sessions on OpsMgr 2007 at MMS this year. The first is "Targeting on Operations Manager 2007" - session SO25 - and the other is "Monitors, Aggregations, Dependencies, Rollup: Sorting it All Out" - session SO26. There MAY also be one on ConfigMgr but it is not...
  • Blog Post: Updated ADMP and DHCP MP Released!

    ADMP Its been a long time coming but the updated Active Directory MP has been released! Highlights for the update include -Support for Windows Server 2008 -Improved monitoring for replication, essential services and time service -Support for multiple forest monitoring -Several new Reports DHCP...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Technet Webcase on OpsMgr 2007

    Microsoft Consulting Services will be hosting a TechNet Webcast to discuss architecting solutions in OpsMgr 2007. Registration information is available at
  • Blog Post: Updated DHCP Management Pack Issue

    After installing the latest DHCP MP customers are seeing an issue where the event log cannot be opened on the DHCP systems.  An event similar to the following is logged   This problem is due to a known issue with the DHCP management pack.  To workaround the issue, disable the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Updated Print Server MP Released!

    The MP is released but there are some challenges - Kevin has a good blog post on this:
  • Blog Post: DNS, DHCP management packs released!

    The updated DNS and DHCP MP's have been released - for more detail take a look at Kevin's blog entry...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr Vista Gadget

    Trying to track down that problem with a System Center product but don't know where to look? A Vista gadget has been created to search specific sites for help instead of the entire web. The gadget is a must for every System Center administrator! Download the gadget at
  • Blog Post: Service Level Dashboard for OpsMgr 2007 now in beta!

    Looking for a single view into your OpsMgr environment that will allow near real time end-to-end reporting of performance and availability for LOB apps? The Service Level Dashboard is your solution - currently in beta, this solution accelerator can be downloaded from
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr SDK available

    About a month late but just had the occassion to need the new ConfigMgr SDK. It's available for download at Steve
  • Blog Post: What's new/interesting in SCOM 2007?

    Happy new year to all! A few things I thought might be of interest! Maintenance mode Questions relating to maintenance mode in SCOM 2007 have come up frequently. There are two common questions. First, how is maintenance mode different in SCOM? Second, is it possible to place an agent in maintenance...
  • Blog Post: SCOM 2007 - SP1 available

    The release candidate of SCOM 2007 service pack 1 is available for download., This release candidate is FULLY SUPPORTED by Microsoft and is recommended to address a number of issues seen in the original release of SCOM. The release candidate is available for download at
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